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Help Animal Friends Alliance from home―or anywhere!

One of the most important ways that you can support the animals is by collecting funds or supplies to provide for their care.  Animal Friends Alliance found loving homes for 3,393 dogs and cats in 2019.   Each of these animals requires care and supplies; not just food, but also cleaning supplies, medical supplies, and―of course―money.  On this page, you can find tips for hosting your own fundraiser to help the animals.

It costs a lot to care for thousands of animals a year!  More often than not, when a dog or cat arrives at the shelter, they’re in need of medical care, including spay/neuter, deworming, microchipping, vaccinations, and testing for diseases.  Frequently, they also require additional medical care for injuries, illness, or chronic conditions.  Animals also require daily care, including shelter, clean bedding, and people to care for them.  All these costs, from toys and treats to the mortgage on the building, add up.  The average total cost of care for a single animal is about $400, but it can sometimes cost over $1,000, especially if the animal is in our care for a long time.

You can help Animal Friends Alliance care for more animals in our shelters and throughout our community by collecting necessary supplies or funds to help us care for the thousands of animals that we help every year.  Your contribution can make a huge difference!  For example, supply drives often raise upwards of $1,000 in essential items that can help keep animals well fed and well cared for.

Thank you for your dedication to the animals!

Host your own fundraiser!
Virtual Fundraisers
  • Many online platforms, like Facebook, allow user to directly raise funds for the charity of their choice.  When you make a post on Facebook, simply click the button that says “support nonprofit” and search for Animal Friends Alliance.  Currently, Facebook even provides a special incentive for hosting a fundraiser for your birthday and will make a small donation on your behalf!
  • Share our Amazon Wish List.  You and your friends can buy a “gift” through our wish list and have it delivered directly to us.  Help us collect needed supplies without even leaving the house!
  • You can also share our special events and virtual fundraisers with your friends through email or your favorite social media channel.  You can always ask your friends and family to donate directly through our website at SavingAnimalsToday.org/donate.
  • If you’re holding a virtual fundraiser, please email us at Development@SavingAnimalsToday.org so we can say thank you!
In Person Supply Drives

Want to coordinate a supply drive to benefit animals in need? Follow the steps below for a successful collection.

  • Step 1: Decide What to Collect
    • Check out our wishlist to see all the items we currently accept for donation. Choose the items you would like to focus on. Some supply drives collect pet food for our Kibble Supply Program. Others focus on paper products, office supplies, or cat litter.
  • Step 2: Choose a Time and Location
    • When will your supply drive start? How long would you like the collection to last? A week, a month or just one day? Where can donors drop off donations? The most successful collections occur at businesses that sell wishlist items. It is especially helpful if you are there in person asking people to donate. Here are some location suggestions: a grocery, pet supply or agricultural supply store, a veterinarian’s office or pet grooming or boarding facility, your school, place of business or place of worship.
    • *Always ask permission from the manager or school administrator to collect donations.
  • Step 3: Contact Us
    • Once you’ve picked a location and time-frame for your supply drive, please contact our Donor Relations Administrator at Development@SavingAnimalsToday.org to let us know about your plans. Collections that are open to the public will be advertised on Animal Friends Alliance social media pages.
    • We will provide a wish list with our most needed supplies.
  • Step 4: Advertise Your Supply Drive
    • The most important part of holding a successful supply drive is getting the word out. Here are some ideas to promote your event:
      • Post flyers in public areas.
      • Create your own flyers or use our template.
      • Make sure to include the drop-off location and dates of your event.
      • Always ask permission to post flyers in public areas.
      • Promote in person! If you’re collecting at a business that sells wishlist items, make arrangements with the manager to promote in person. We can provide you with a “shopping list” flyer that can be given to every customer.
      • Contact your local newspaper. They may be able to run a free story or ad about your supply drive to encourage people to donate.
      • Use social media. Get the word out on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Step 5: Collect
    • You’ll need a bin or box and signage. Plastic storage totes work great! Create your own signs or request our printable poster.
    • If you are collecting in person, remember to be friendly, smile and always thank the donors.
    • Take photos to share with us!
    • Some donors may ask to make a monetary gift. We can accept cash donations and checks made out to Animal Friends Alliance.
  • Step 6: Drop-Off Your Donations
    • Once you’ve completed your supply drive, drop off your donations at any of our adoption centers during regular business hours. If you’d like to be featured on our Facebook page, email a photo to Development@SavingAnimalsToday.org  or let us take one when you make your drop-off.
    • If you collected with a group, you may request a behind-the-scenes tour when you come to make your drop-off. Tours must be scheduled in advance.
Fundraisers for Kids
  • Coins 4 Critters
    • Collect loose change for the animals at Animal Friends Alliance! Decorate collection canisters and ask people to donate their pocket change. This is a fun way to help and to see how the little things add up to something big! Get your picture taken when you visit the shelter and drop off your donation!
  • Birthday for the Animals
    • Having a birthday? Ask your friends/family to bring a donation to your party to help the animals! They can bring dog toys, treats, money or items from our wish list! Get your picture taken when you drop them off!
  • Biscuit Bake Sale
    • Make yummy homemade doggy treats and sell them to raise money for Animal Friends Alliance! Have fun with different shapes using cookie cutters and easy everyday ingredients. People will love that they are healthy and the doggies will love them because they are yummy! Makes a fun group project too! Get your picture taken when you visit Animal Friends Alliance with the donations you raise!
  • Dirty Dog Car Wash
    • Gather your friends and set up a car wash in your driveway and wash your neighbor’s cars for a donation! Make fun signs and advertise it! Just ask your parents first for permission please. And of course, we want pictures!